Shechem shooters still walking free


Honenu Attorney Bleicher; Photo credit: Honenu

Thursday, July 7, 2022, 13:52 Approximately three months ago, two Jewish Israeli citizens entered Kever Yosef (Joseph's Tomb Compound) in Shechem after the compound had been destroyed by an Arab mob. Shots were fired at them and one of them suffered a bullet wound to his leg. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher is representing the victim.

Initially, the police responded to Bleicher's inquiries about the incident, that it was under investigation by security and intelligence authorities. However, no significant progress was reported. Bleicher wrote to the GOC of the Central Command, Major-General Yehuda Fuchs, demanding that the terrorists be apprehended. This week, he was informed that the case had been closed.

The announcement of the case closing that was sent by the Department of Public Complaints of the Yehuda and Shomron District Police states that intelligence operations had been carried out, however, "at this stage, due to the absence of an investigative and intelligence lead, it has been authoritatively decided to close the case on the grounds of 'perpetrator unknown'. If new information is received, the case will be reopened accordingly."

Bleicher: "Failure to apprehend the terrorists and consequently closing the case raises a genuine concern that there is no effective deterrent to terror. Allowing Shechem to turn into a haven for terrorists who will carry out attacks and not pay a price for it is unacceptable. We call on the police and all security forces to use the necessary means to neutralize the terrorists in Shechem, even if the individuals who form the supportive environment of terrorists are harmed."

In related news, last week there was a shooting attack on worshipers at Kever Yosef. Two civilians and Brigade Commander Roi Zweig were injured.

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